Carl Van Vechten photographs Edit

Summary

Identifier
55.MWalB02687PROD

Dates

  • 1932-1964 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1689.00 Photographs (Whole)

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Notes

  • Abstract

    The collection is arranged in 46 boxes, with photographs arranged in folders alphabetically by the last name of the subject.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Request to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Donated by the Carl Van Vechten Estate

  • Preferred Citation

    Carl Van Vechten photographs, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Scope and Contents

    Carl Van Vechten photographed many of the major artists and intellectuals of the first half of the 20th century. The importance of these images is twofold; they document a specific time and milieu in 20th-century American history that was neglected by others and they are among some of the earliest art photography images created. While Van Vechten never created images as technically complex as some of the professional photographers of his day, a consistent artistic sensibility pervades his work. In particular, his portraits of influential African-Americans illustrate a rich artistic and intellectual era in the African-American community. There are 1689 black and white photographs in the collection. While Van Vechten gave photographic collections to several universities and libraries, each one varies in scope.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

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